Durham University Botanic Garden

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Durham University Botanic Garden: We have plant collections from around the world, including China, Japan, North America, South Africa, New Zealand and Chile, as well as a woodland garden, alpine garden and bamboo grove. In our glasshouses you will find a collection of tropical rainforest plants, desert plants, and more familiar plants from the mediterranean. We also have some tropical bugs, scorpions and tarantulas. There are also various pieces of artwork around the garden. The garden is enjoyed by young and old alike.

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From the A167
Follow the signs to Durham, turn right (if you are heading North), or left (if you are heading South) off the dual carriageway at the site of the old 'Cock of the North' pub, (which has been developed as a new housing project 'Roundhaven'), towards the City centre. The Botanic Garden is about 1 mile down this road on the right hand side, marked by a brown tourist sign. The first right turn is to park at the 'park and ride' entrance. If you go straight on at the lights and take the next right turn this will take you down Hollingside lane to park at our smaller car park.

From the A1(M)
Turn off at the Durham exit, keep left and follow the A690 for approx. 2 miles into Durham. Take the 3rd exit at the first roundabout, follow the road down the hill passing under the footbridge. At the bottom of the hill keep left and take the first exit off the roundabout, be sure to get into the middle lane of the road to go straight ahead at the traffic lights next to the Marriot/Royal County Hotel. Continue up the road, bearing right at the top of the hill at the traffic lights. Take care just beyond the lights as the road gets quite narrow. Keep going to the next traffic lights (New Inn pub on the left), go straight ahead up the hill and the Botanic Garden is on the left at the top of the hill, marked by a brown tourist sign. Please proceed carefully along the lane as it is narrow in parts and there are usually quite a number of pedestrians from the local colleges. Our car park is on the right once you pass the College buildings.


From the bus station take the United No 6 Bishop Auckland service. Buses leave approx. every 15mins.The Garden is a 5 minute walk from the bus stop outside Collingwood College, at the top of the hill. From the bus stop follow the lane up the hill and bear left, through Grey College. (Look our for one of the best views of the city and the Cathedral from Grey College.)
The Botanic Garden is further down the lane on the right, about 5 minutes walk from the main road.


From the Railway station the Botanic Garden is about half an hours walk, quite hilly at times. You may wish to take a Taxi or follow the path down over the footbridge to the top of North Road to the Bus Station and take a bus.


Opening times (November - February):
10:00 - 16:0010:00 - 16:0010:00 - 16:0010:00 - 16:0010:00 - 16:0010:00 - 16:0010:00 - 16:00

Opening times (March - October):
10:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:00

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Address: Botanic Garden, Durham University, Hollingside Lane, South Road, Durham City, County Durham, DH1 3TN, UK
Phone: +44 191 3345521
Email: botanic.garden@durham.ac.uk
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